Renown wins again by pairing these two, The Black Rider, an exciting little thriller with Glad Tidings, a rather stagey version of R.F. Delderfield's play.
As another reviewer has written, The Black Rider is a very good example of the little black and white thrillers that used to add support to the main feature in the 50's. It moves at a swift pace, and the plot contains a most satisfactory number of twists and turns for its short running time. Jimmy Hanley is a likeable and down to earth hero whose tenacity unearths the truth, and he is well partnered by Rona Anderson as his girl friend. Beatrice Varley and Leslie Dwyer, as their respective mother and father who live next door to each other are welcome familiar faces. It amused me, though, to notice in the sets for their respective drawing rooms, they had the same pair of vases on the mantel piece!! (Delft Blue, if I'm not mistaken!!) Of course, films like this were made on a small budget and I don't suppose it would ever have occured to the art director, if there was one, that this could ever be noticed by the audience. It probably couldn't in the days before DVD!
Glad Tidings is not quite as entertaining but it does enjoy the very unlikely central casting of glamourous Barbara Kelly and Raymond Huntley, the latter in a rare leading role. The script is rather good with some witty exchanges although the plot is somewhat obvious. It's also interesting to see Ronald Howard and Arthur Howard together, who were respectively the son and brother of the great Leslie Howard.
Watch these two together, start with Glad Tidings as a good curtain raiser to The Black Rider.
Print quality for each film is excellent.